MountainBiker thank you for sharing your experience. It’s good to hear that there are still communities that help each other out.
Inshala I have been prep minded since my teens. The Catskills are a great place to be a prepper as most everyone who lives there year round is self reliant. My family has no intention of leaving the area as it is a great place to be. The area is experiencing a resurgence and more people are buying up properties and moving in. I’d recommend anything not near one of the reservoirs so as not run into the wrath of the DEP.